Sound Splash 2017 Is Moving to The Pressroom

Don't worry — Bow Wow's still in.
Don't worry — Bow Wow's still in. Jamie Lamor Thompson /
The Sound Splash hip-hop concert and party has changed venues. Presented by Premier Entertainment, the festival was originally scheduled to take place at Big Surf on July 1.

Now, the show will be an indoor event at downtown venue The Pressroom. It'll take place on same date, but with a later start time of 8 p.m.

John Johnson, one of the promoters who’s working with Premier for this party, declined to provide specific information on reasons for the venue change.

A hip-hop concert and party like Sound Splash at Big Surf would've been a first for the promoters and the venue, he says, so a similar blowout could happen there down the line. Premier Entertainment recently presented The All-Star Comedy Explosion at Comerica Theatre, featuring Marlon Wayans and Rickey Smiley.

The music event's summer vibe will be maintained, despite the move.

“There will be something set up outside to keep the beach theme,” Johnson says, “just not to the extent it would have been at Big Surf, of course.”

And really, once all that entertainment starts going, it’s hard to say if anyone will care whether there’s sand or waves. The event has a packed lineup of performers, including the event’s host Bow Wow (formerly known as Lil Bow Wow), as well as Ty Dolla Sign, MadeInTyo, Raven Felix, Chanel West Coast, and DJ Drama.

There are also chances to take home some cash and goodies. What would have been a bikini contest at Big Surf will be a dance competition at The Pressroom — with cash rewards. Expect door prizes and raffle giveaways. VIP packages can be purchased for perks ranging from complimentary champagne to access to catering areas and artist meet-and-greets.

Johnson says even though the change happened close to the event date, people should still be really hyped. “We plan on showing people a good time.”

General admission is $50 for the concert and party that starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, at The Pressroom, 441 West Madison Street. Visit for all the details.
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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